Fulfill your call to youth ministry through the top youth ministry training program in the country

The Graduate Residency in Youth Ministry is unique to the Center for Youth Ministry Training. CYMT creates a whole-person learning environment by nurturing residents academically in the classroom, vocationally in the local church, and emotionally through personal coaching and peer interaction.

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Gain both theological training and practical experience

 

Graduate residents gain experience in a 3-year supervised practicum by being placed in a local church while earning a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry through one of our partner seminaries. CYMT offers regional campuses in Tennessee and Texas through partnerships with Memphis Theological Seminary and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Partner churches are from multiple denominations within a four-hour radius of Memphis, TN and Austin, TX.

Acceptance to the program is competitive, as the cohort spots are limited in each region. The cost to the resident is only $1,500 for the 3-year program

 

 

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Residents will receive

 

 

 

SCHOLARSHIP

 Full scholarship for tuition, books, and housing

 

INCOME

$1,000 per month stipend

 

DEGREE

Master of Arts in Youth Ministry from accredited seminary

 

EXPERIENCE

A job as a youth minister in a local church

Core Components

Together, these core components create a holistic approach to increase retention within youth ministry after residents graduate from CYMT.

 

COHORT

Residents are part of a dynamic, group-learning community that provides encouragement and support as they walk through ministry together.

 

 

COACHING

Residents and churches receive one-on-one coaching from a youth ministry veteran to help master and apply critical skills.

 

CLASSROOM

Residents will be challenged to think theologically about ministry and empowered to create ministry programs that evoke deep, life-changing Christian faith. Residents will receive their Master of Arts in Youth Ministry through a retreat-style classroom format.

 

CHURCH

Residents get hands-on experience in a local church where they serve 25 hours weekly as the youth minister.

 

 

 

CARE

Residents receive pastoral care and encouragement, empowering them to seek wholeness in their life.

Top 8 reasons to apply for CYMT

 

DEBT-FREE

CYMT is a debt-free program. Residents are given a full-tuition scholarship to one of our partner seminaries.

 

PROVISION

On top of receiving a full scholarship, residents are given a $1,000/month stipend. Resident’s housing, utilities, books, and retreat costs are also covered by their partner church. 

 

SUPPORT

CYMT cares about graduate residents and wants them to be healthy in mind, body, soul, and spirit. We teach residents how to care for themselves through a lifetime of ministry.

 

COMMUNITY

A community of peer support and relationships are essential to youth director sustainability. CYMT provides a community unlike any other training program by placing residents in a cohort of peers to walk through their journey of ministry together.

 

BURNOUT RATE

Most youth directors burnout in just a few years, but CYMT’s training and coaching teach graduate residents how to sustain and thrive as a youth minister.

 

STAYING POWER

There is a direct correlation between youth minister tenure and the health of a youth ministry. CYMT helps residents and their church build a healthy youth ministry. 70% of CYMT residents have continued to serve their churches after graduating. 

 

EDUCATION MATTERS

Only around 17% of paid youth workers have theological training, but CYMT graduate residents are prepared both theologically and practically, making them stand out among the rest.

 

ACCOUNTABILITY

CYMT provides each resident with one-on-one coaching. Coaches hold both residents and partner churches accountable to develop the best youth ministry they can together.

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HOW CAN I AFFORD THIS?

The only resident cost for the entire 3-year program is $1,500. The resident’s partner church covers the full cost of tuition, housing, utilities, and books.

WHERE WILL I LIVE?

Residents are matched with a partner church based on an extensive interview process. Partner churches are within a 4-hour radius of either Austin, TX or Memphis, TN, and they provide housing for their resident. Most residents live in an apartment, and some live in houses owned by their church.

WHAT IS SEMINARY LIKE?

CYMT graduate residents are enrolled as full-time Master of Arts in Youth Ministry degree students at either Memphis Theological Seminary or Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. The classes are taught through a unique retreat-based format. There are four retreats each semester where students meet at their appointed seminary to cover the coursework for core, elective, and youth ministry courses. On the weeks between retreats, residents meet with their discussion groups to process classes and prepare for the next retreat.

WHAT CLASSES WILL I TAKE?

Curriculum for the Master of Arts in Youth Ministry focuses on three broad areas: Theology, Practice, and Personal development. Vist our MA in Youth Ministry page to read course descriptions and credit requirements.

 

 

Application checklist
and requirements

 

The application process is competitive, as there are a limited number of graduate residency positions available per region each year. Applicants must be at least 22 years old, have an undergraduate degree*, and be willing and able to commit to the 3-year program.

 

1. ONLINE APPLICATION

The application tool allows you to save your application and come back to it. Must include photo and transcript.

 

2. 3 LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

From a pastor, youth minister, or someone who has observed you working with youth and a professor.

 

3. NON-REFUNDABLE APPLICATION FEE

The fee is $50. You may submit your application fee online or mail it in to the CYMT office.

4. BACKGROUND & VEHICLE RECORDS

Applicant must submit a signed background check and motor vehicle record check via mail or email.

 

5. PROOF OF AUTO & HEALTH INSURANCE

Applicant must provide proof of health and auto insurance. Submit a copy via email or mail.

 

*Note: Applicants who have not completed an undergraduate degree will be considered with demonstrated life experience.

 

 

 

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Application Deadline: March 15

*CYMT is continuing to accept applications for the upcoming 2018-21 class until the cohort is full.*

 

 

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Important Dates

Acceptance to the program is competitive, as the cohort spots are limited in each region. The cost to the resident is only $1,500 for the 3-year program; why wait?!

 

IF APPLICATION IS COMPLETED BY:THEN TOP APPLICANT INTERVIEW DATES WILL BE:AND YOUR ADMISSION DECISION WILL BE MAILED:
EARLY APPLICATIONNOVEMBER 152ND WEEK OF DECEMBERFEBRUARY 1
FINAL DEADLINEMARCH 15LAST WEEK OF MARCHAPRIL 15
TRAINING ONLY APPLICANTS
FINAL DEADLINEJUNE 15JULY 1

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DEA WATHEN

Recruiting Coordinator

TIFFANY MALONE

Recruiter

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